A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka

A Hunger Artist

By Franz Kafka

  • Release Date: 2013-01-25
  • Genre: Short Stories
Score: 4.5
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Our 3rd free ebook from ReadFwd Editions is one of Kafka’s lesser-known writings. A very short one, called “A Hunger Artist”. Here’s a paragraph that might convince you to quickly read this one. It’s worth every second spent reading it.
“I always wanted you to admire my fasting,” said the hunger artist. “But we do admire it,” said the supervisor obligingly. “But you shouldn’t admire it,” said the hunger artist. “Well then, we don’t admire it,” said the supervisor, “but why shouldn’t we admire it?” ”Because I had to fast. I can’t do anything else,” said the hunger artist. “Just look at you,” said the supervisor, “why can’t you do anything else?” ”Because,” said the hunger artist, lifting his head a little and, with his lips pursed as if for a kiss, speaking right into the supervisor’s ear so that he wouldn’t miss anything, “because I couldn’t find a food which tasted good to me. If had found that, believe me, I would not have made a spectacle of myself and would have eaten to my heart’s content, like you and everyone else.”
Many thanks to Ian Johnston of Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC, that allowed us to use his translation. Check out his website for more excellent translations from Kafka, http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/kafka/kafkatofc.htm


  • A clear Kafka's piece

    By Dynra
    In "The hunger artist" we can find Kafka's writing style condensed in a delightful short story. It may be like reading "The metamorphosis"; however, Kafka's thoughts described through a human character make the story stronger and more intense.
  • Great short story

    By Jackpesci
    Quick read with a lot to it
  • Hunger Artist

    By A man on the third floor